When analyzing the relationship between soft-tissue injury and support surfaces for pressure ulcer treatment and prevention, caregivers must realize support surfaces deliver unwanted gradient pressure and/or shear mechanical stresses, resulting in soft tissue distortion.
Despite the use of support surfaces, over 2.5 million people each year still acquire pressure ulcers. This raises certain questions in regards to the use of support surfaces, such as: How does a facility select the best support surfaces for individual needs?
To better quality care in relation to the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, long-term care providers must pay close attention to the products they are utilizing.
Seniors' lack of protective skin proteins makes pressure ulcer prevention difficult, according to new research.
Elderly people's lack of protective skin proteins makes pressure ulcer prevention difficult, according to newly published research. Seniors' skin begins to break down after just two hours of static pressure, the researchers found.